Jimmie Cooper, Monument, N.M.
In Colorado Springs, Colo., there is a display with the likeness of Jimmie Cooper inside the ProRodeo Hall of Fame.
It’s been there since 2005, when he was inducted into the hall that recognizes greatness in the sport. Of course, Cooper belongs there, because he has accomplished much, from his 1981 All-Around Gold Buckle in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association to his three Timed Event Championship titles to everything in between.
Cooper was the PRCA’s All-Around Rookie of the Year in 1980, competing in team roping, tie-down roping and steer wrestling. For seven straight years, he finished among the top five in the all-around standings. Shortly after that, he became the stalwart of the Timed Event.
In addition to being a great talent, he’s also passed along his skills to the next generation. Both sons, Jake and Jim, have qualified for the NFR, and Jim is in the Timed Event field for the third straight year.
When you add it together, you can see why the answer always comes up champion.